Safer Essex Roads Partnership perform a presentation to Year 11 students

Year 11 received a visit from Safer Essex Roads Partnership where they delivered their road safety presentation. The title of the play and workshop is called ‘Dead End’ and is part of the Dead End Road Safety presentations. ‘Dead End’ portrays the consequences on three characters of their actions on the road and raises awareness of the dangers for young drivers and passengers. Equipping student with the knowledge and skills to keep themselves and others safe. Identifying risky behaviours which can cause accidents – especially the ‘Fatal Four’ (mobile phones, speeding, seatbelts and drink/drugs).

Congratulations to our three worthy Jack Petchey Award Winners

The Headteachers met three of our Jack Petchey Winners. Charlotte Meadows in the Upper Sixth was nominated for giving up her free time after school to referee the junior netball matches and assist with their coaching. She is also Captain of the Sixth Form Netball Team and prepares the team for matches, organises the fixtures and the transport. Raymond Condo, also in the Upper Sixth was nominated for taking on the responsibility of the Sixth Form Opportunities Bulletin for the past year. The Bulletin brings together a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities for all Sixth Former’s and is now presented in an easy to digest style. The uptake of these opportunities has grown which has enriched our students’ experiences. Loretta Bushell, also in the Upper Sixth has volunteered many hours to help the German department and other students of German in school. She even joins them for 40 minutes every week after school to help with German clinic. Her commitment is unwavering and she never lets any of these additional hours spent impact on her own work. Congratulations to all our worthy Jack Petchey winners.

Amnesty Group hold “Shackling Day”

The Lower Sixth CAS Amnesty group held “Shackling Day” to raise awareness of wrongful imprisonment, prisoners of conscience and people who have had their rights taken away. They dressed up as prisoners and made paper chain shackles to join themselves together. Every person held a placard with the name of a prisoner of conscience, along with some information about that person. They attracted a lot of attention from the other students whilst sharing the stories of their “prisoner of conscience” allowing students to be aware of their plight, and how some people, no matter where they are living, are wrongfully imprisoned.

They are hoping to continue with this fight for human rights by shackling themselves somewhere within the local community to hopefully generate interest and attract outsiders in hopes of informing them about Amnesty and about its goal in the protection of others.
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Year 11 take part in their World of Work day

Inevitably, the World of Work (WOW) is an unknown place for many students when in their teens but last Friday 18th January our Year 11 students had a flavour of the workplace by participating in our WOW day. The overall aim of WOW is to better equip our students to be more competitive and influential in the increasingly global world of work. More specifically, it is to give our students an insight into the skills and attitudes required for the world of work and to give them the opportunity to practise, develop and demonstrate these in a familiar environment BUT with unknown professionals (to them, but known to AES as many of the 37 interviewers were ex-students / parents / local community professionals).

All students attended in business dress and participated in a number of employability skills workshops as well as a mock interview with an external professional who gave invaluable personal verbal and written feedback to each student. Student responses to the interviews were enlightening – “I’ve learnt not to be over confident, be calm and collected”, “If you look the part, it’ll give you more confidence”, “Interviews aren’t as scary as I thought they would be” and “I need to add more to my CV and get more work experience”

Interviewer responses included “Every one of the students were a credit to themselves and the school”, “They were all really good at providing positive and useful advice to each other” and “Fantastic to meet some talented young people who speak very highly of the school”.

The workshops comprised of Interview Skills, Career Strengths and Development, Proving Your Worth in IT office skills, Financial Skills and Creative Thinking.

Overall, the day was deemed a huge success, one of our workshop presenters summed things up… “I work in about 30 schools all over the country, throughout the year, delivering my workshops to students. What makes schools unique are the people who inhabit them. When I come to the Anglo I find bright, inquisitive young people who have time and respect for their teachers, time and respect for visitors and time and respect for each other. Days such as these are rare. Few teachers see the benefit of taking a whole day out of the timetable, especially in a GCSE year, but it is days such as these which sets the Anglo apart. Everyone here has been given a unique insight into how the world of work operates – an opportunity that has been grabbed with both hands. I have no doubt in my mind that schools such as the Anglo are the best that I work in and Anglo itself represents the best of the best”.

Year 8 Students take part in the Faraday Challenge Day

Six Year 8 teams of students took part in the Faraday Challenge Day, a charity committed to the advancement of science, engineering and technology and to encourage young people to study STEM subjects and consider careers within the engineering and technology sectors.  The Challenge Day, sponsored by Jack Petchey, gave them the opportunity to research, design and make solutions to genuinely tough engineering problems designing prototypes to present to the James Webb Space Telescope Team.  The winners from the day were Team 3 and they met with the Headteachers to receive their coveted trophy.  Tag: https://www.facebook.com/IETFaraday/  https://www.jackpetcheyfoundation.org.uk/

The Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party was a joyous event

As the Upper Sixth CAS group, it was our job to organise the annual OAP Christmas Party, an event which the senior citizens of Ingatestone look forward to every year. We have been planning this event since September. As a group we decided to offer the senior citizens a Christmas afternoon tea; people made candy cane place holders which added to the festive atmosphere and the main hall was decked with Christmas decorations.

At twelve o’clock the guests started to arrive, they were offered mulled wine and sherry. Thank you to the Ingatestone Wine Company for the donation of sherry. Throughout the party the guests were entertained. Lottie Bradford played joyous songs on the piano, which provided a jovial atmosphere. After tea and cake, the guests were treated to excerpts from this year’s school production Mary Poppins. The guests enjoyed the performances of classic songs, such as “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “Step in Time”. Thank you to all those that performed, the guests loved it. It was then time for the raffle. Prizes included: sparkly decorative plants, spa sets and an assortment of biscuits. Each wine glass also had a wine charm around the base, which the guests could take home and save for their own Christmas celebrations. The year 10 choir then came in and we had a “Christmas sing a long.” The guests sang along enthusiastically and the choir sang and danced wonderfully.

Lastly, we would just like to say a huge thank you to London Bridge Associates for sponsoring the event and to all the people who donated raffle prizes and decorations. Thank you also to the performers and the year 10 choir and to everyone that contributed to the day. You helped to make this day special for the senior citizens of Ingatestone and your contributions were much appreciated.

A fabulous and uplifting performance of Mary Poppins from our students and teachers

In the cold gloom of early December, parents, staff and students were treated to the glorious colour and warmth of the Anglo’s production of Mary Poppins. Teachers and students’ hard work and commitment shone through in every performance, with the audience clapping along to the familiar tunes of ‘Step in Time’ and ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’. Set in the round, with hand painted sets and amazing special effects, the sights and sounds of the streets and roof tops of Edwardian London came alive. With a mesmerising violin solo, sweeps popping up out of chimneys, Bert dancing through the smoky roof tops and snow gently falling through ‘Feed the Birds’ , no wonder one parent described it as ‘more than a performance …..a feast for all the senses’. The performers, who ranged from Year 7 to Upper Sixth, had a truly magical experience taking part in such a delightful show and it’s rewarding for them to know that the audience found it just as magical. 

Reviews:
“So much talent from the students and teachers to achieve such a high standard performing arts, so happy my son was able to be part of it. Congratulations to you all, can’t wait for next year !”
“What a wonderful evening we had watching the fabulous and uplifting performance of Mary Poppins! Our 2 and 4 year old were totally captivated throughout the play, as were we! Yet again the art department had worked their magic, the violin performance was excellent and the fluorescent toys were ingenious! The whole cast made the evening thoroughly enjoyable. Congratulations to the dedicated staff, who we know have spent so many hours going above and beyond, and of course to the Anglo students who have been working hard for months to pull off another fabulous show. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! “

“Many congratulations on a brilliant show! The stage setting was very innovative and the young people very talented.”